The trend of taking selfie has increased significantly over the smaller period of time and this can be perceived by seeing the amount of selfies uploaded on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and so on. Many people are being obsessed with it. Their Instagram and Facebook are filled with selfies.
Here is a bad news for those who are obsessed with selfies a lot. Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that selfie obsessed people think they look much more attractive and likable in their selfies than the photos taken by other. In contrast to this, independent observers rated people as less attractive, less likable and more narcissistic in their selfies than in the photos taken by other.
In this study, researchers asked 198 college students if they were regular selfie-takers or not. Among them, 100 students said that they are regular selfie-takers whereas remaining 98 reported that they take little or no selfies at all. Then, they were asked to take a selfie and a picture taken by another person. Finally, they were asked to rate how attractive and likable they thought other people would find them in both photos.
Then the researchers asked a group of 178 independent outside observers to rate photos for attractiveness, likability, and narcissism.
Both the regular selfie-takers and the non-selfie-takers thought they looked much attractive and likable in their photos than they were rated by the independent group of outside observers. However, the selfie-takers significantly more than the other group. Besides this, they are likely to think they look much attractive in their selfies than the photos taken by other people. However, non-selfie-takers thought they looked equally attractive in both photos.
Furthermore, the independent group of outside observers thought that people looked less attractive, less likable and more narcissistic in their selfies than in their photos taken by others.
This type of behavior is called “self-favoring bias”. It is a perception which is distorted in order to maintain self-esteem. As you can control most of the things in selfies like the angle of the shot, filter, and other aspects, it causes people to think they have snapped better photos. As-a-result, it gives rise to the distorted vision of their attractiveness.
“Selfie-takers generally over perceived the positive attributes purveyed by their selfies. Here, we found that selfie-takers believed their selfies to look more attractive and likable than photos of them taken by other people. This self-favoring bias didn’t extend non-selfie-takers. Self-enhancing misperceptions may support selfie-takers’ positive evaluations of their selfies, revealing notable biases in self-perception.” the team said.
Perhaps, you should consider uploading the photos taken by another person on social medias than selfies. Because selfies significantly reduce opinion of other people towards you by making you less attractive, less likable and more narcissistic.
As this study had involved very few people, new research should be done on this topic involving a large number of people so that results obtained from this research can be confirmed.
This study was led by Daniel Re of University of Toronto and it was published in journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.